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Chernobyl Stout - Tugboat Brewing Company

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Chernobyl Stout
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BA SCORE
86
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tugboat Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 03-02-2004)
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Reviews by Floydster:
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3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a glass with my buddy Drake while in Portland, reviewed from notes, we were told this was the only beer worth trying here, color is almost black with minimal light going through, 3/4 inch creamy tan head that lasts around five minutes, some lacing at first too, aroma consists of milk chocolate, dark cocoa, vanilla, burned grains, oak, roasted malts, mild coffee, good amount of booze, and some toffee, starts off with a mixture sweet milk chocolate and burned dark chocolate just like the smell, roasted malts dominate the middle, finish has a lot of dark chocolate too with some coffee hanging around afterwards in the aftertaste, lots of alcohol in the flavor once it warms up a bit, decently balanced with different malt flavors but too boozy for me, hot, roasty, and dry mouthfeel, full bodied, mellow carbonation, taste lingered for a long time, could have drank much more than I did, definitely a sipper, too alcoholic with not enough aging, would be easier to drink if it was oak or whiskey aged in my opinion, can be rather harsh, might drink again, worth trying

Floydster, Jul 04, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.4%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at the Tugboat Brewpub in Portland. When I ordered this I was informed that they only served it in the half pint glass, seeing that it was around 14% alcohol. Dark brown almost black ale, looks thick and viscous, small amount of tan lacing on top ( no head). Aroma I found to be of raisins, figs and alcohol. Wow the flavour is not so alcohol ridden as i thought it would be, its of dried dark fruits ( raisins, prunes, figs), very strong esspresso( triple shot) and liquorice, although of course the alcohol does show up in the end. Though it looked "thick" the palate was actually surprisingly thin. Overall an intresting half pint, I liked it though I doubt it could be a regular drink for me.

Reidrover, Oct 10, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

msondel, Oct 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

JoeyBrightside, Oct 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Strong and sweet. A blend of dark fruits, heavily pronounced alcohol, liqorice and, to a lesser degree, coffee and chocolate. Hop aroma is barely detected.

Appearance: Heavy and thick looking. Very dark brown with a thick brown 1/2" head that settled quickly. Low carbonation, but a good viscocity from the cask.

Taste: Sweet, tart, and bold. Caramel and roasted malt flavors arrive first, the followed by cherries, figs, liqorice, coffee, and maybe a hint of chocolate. The body has a medium hop bittering and low hop flavoring. The body get a little grainy and overwhelmingly alcoholic. This is an earthy or organtic beer. Even a detection of yeaste in the flavor profile. High viscocity to the palate and quite drying. It is a little rough on the palate. It took half of the beer to aclimate.

Aftertaste: Alcoholic and dry. Sweetness, tartness, and bittering lingers for some time. Complexly rich and obviously well aged, stored, and delivered.

Impression: I would recomend this beer to any stout or strong ale lover, but with caution. A good beer for the occational mood. It's a sipper.

BEERchitect, Jun 10, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

SuperCutePanda, Mar 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

anteater, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a short 2 block walk from my hotel, I grabbed a booth to sit down and enjoy this brew I'd read about in a Portland magazine.

Until it was almost gone it was opaque as midnight and when there was a half gulp left in the bottom of my 8 oz glass it was chocolatey, ruby color.

It smelled like dark chocolate to me and the first taste was surprisingly NOT stinging of alcohol. The 13.5 ABV was well masked. The bartender asked if I'd had it before to explain why it was only an eight ounce glass.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly light as opposed to what I was expecting. While a sipper, it was also refreshing.

I'm wishing there was a place like this back home. I would love a glass or two of this every once in a while. I just finished my glass as Green Onions finished on the sound system. I think it's time for that coffee porter!

marchoftheclouds, Jul 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a big black color with a small brown cap, hefty.

S: Booze, chocolate, big roastiness, coffee, perhaps some liquorice

T: This RIS is in your face raw ad will make a man out of you. Big roasted malt and booze jumps right out, not for the faint of heart. Dark chocolate, light coffee, liquorice and dark fruits.

M: Hearty, big body, good carbonation and loads of flavor.

O: I enjoyed this kick in you in the balls RIS

barleywinefiend, Sep 08, 2011
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

kscaldef, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of RedDiamond
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tugboat claims that Chernobyl tops out at nearly 14% ABV on a recipe that uses only ale yeasts. Its headless, laceless body and obsidian luster give it a glossy reflective surface by which you can read the face of the neon clock behind the bar. Certainly alcohol is present in the taste and in the warm feeling that floats through your belly after drinking it.

Chernobyl is impossibly opaque and comes served in 8 oz. glasses. I’ve had it on several occasions and have come to know it as a smooth bodied imperial whose flavor ranges from mild mannered to bland, depending on its freshness. Sometimes it shows lace and exudes a chocolaty flavor profile accented with spice. Other times it simply fails to define itself as anything more than a very strong, indistinct dark ale. Still, its potency makes it a slow-sipping beer that drinks pleasantly like an aperitif or cordial.

RedDiamond, Mar 02, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

BradMacMullin, Oct 31, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black colour with a creamy tan head. Poor head retention.

Light and fruity aroma with some earthy notes. It lacks depth, punch and complexity for me.

Moderate roasty flavour with some earthiness. Big bitterness. No real perception of 13% alcohol.

Medium light body. Moderate carbonation. Very thin for a RIS. Interesting.

For me this stout doesn't quite hit the mark. There is some flavour here but it is a bit bland and dull. I can appreciate the lack of real alcohol flavour but that doesn't make up for the really thin mouthfeel and lack of flavour.

dgilks, Jul 17, 2011
Chernobyl Stout from Tugboat Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.